As you get older, your skin texture changes. You may start to develop wrinkles and fine lines. Your skin can start to sag and look dull. With facelift surgery, you can restore a more youthful appearance.
Facelifts tighten and firm your facial skin to make you look younger. Is this procedure right for you? Here’s what you need to know about getting a facelift.
What Is Facelift Surgery?
Facelifts take the slack out of your skin to tighten it over your face. During a facelift procedure, we make small incisions around the edge of your face. We then pull the skin tight and adjust or remove extra tissue that is weighing your face down. This gives your facial skin a more elastic texture.
There are different types of facelifts. Some patients need more intense anti-aging action from their facelifts. Others may only need slight adjustments to their skin. We can address mild to severe facial aging with our facelift procedures.
A traditional facelift restructures your facial skin and muscles. During this procedure, we lift and firm your facial tissues to give you a younger appearance. We take away any unnecessary skin and fat to tighten your face.
Your face will look more structured and chiseled after a traditional facelift. This procedure treats more severe signs of aging in patients who need maximum lifting action.
A mini facelift procedure works best for patients who are starting to notice mild to moderate signs of aging. If your skin has just started to sag and wrinkle, a mini facelift is best for you. Mini facelifts are less invasive and remove less tissue than traditional facelifts.
During a mini facelift, we address the middle and lower parts of your face. These areas tend to show your age first. We remove excess fat and skin to tighten your appearance. There is a shorter recovery period for mini facelifts.
After your facelift procedure, you can expect to look younger. Skin elasticity goes away with age as your skin produces less collagen and elastin. Without enough of these skin fibers, your skin matrix becomes loose and saggy. After a facelift, your skin looks firm against your bone structure, taking years off of your appearance.
Facelifts can address the following aesthetic concerns:
- Expression lines
- Sagging skin
- Hollow appearance
- Distorted jawline (“jowls”)
- Deep facial creases
- Aged complexion
These concerns are common for many people who are middle-aged and older. However, you don’t have to settle for aged skin. Getting a facelift can rejuvenate your face to help you look youthful, bright, and excited for life again.
Facelift results last for around ten years. Depending on how you care for your skin after surgery, you could enjoy these benefits for a longer period of time. Aging is natural and normal, but facelifts help reverse the signs of it on your face.
Facelift Surgery Recovery
After your facelift surgery, you will need a few weeks to recover. Plan to take one week off of work to rest and heal. You should avoid working out and other intense physical activity until three to four weeks after surgery.
We give you detailed instructions on caring for your skin after facelift surgery. There are a few general notes to keep in mind while recovering.
You will need transportation after your facelift surgery. This procedure requires general anesthesia, so you will not be able to drive home. Arrange for a ride to and from your surgery.
You should also plan for alternative childcare and housekeeping arrangements. It is important to focus on resting and recovering in the days following your facelift surgery. If you are able to, ask for help from a family member or friend.
Once your skin heals completely, you will see your youthful-looking results. Most patients see full results within three weeks of the procedure. You can enjoy these benefits for years to come.
Who Should Get a Facelift?
You are a good candidate for facelift surgery if you are experiencing mild to severe signs of aging on your face. Many facelift candidates have tried injectable treatments like fillers, Botox, and the like. If minimally invasive methods haven’t worked for you, it might be time to consider facelift surgery.
You should be in good general health before undergoing any type of cosmetic surgery. Being a nonsmoker, eating a healthy diet, and getting plenty of exercise are important factors in your health. Try to follow these healthy habits to prepare for your facelift surgery.
It is important that you have realistic expectations. Facelift surgery will enhance your youthful facial features and tighten your skin. However, we cannot completely prevent all signs of aging. We may recommend other treatments to complement your facelift, such as injectables.
If you struggle with severe wrinkles, sagging skin, and loss of skin volume, this procedure is for you. Your skin doesn’t have to look hollow and dull anymore. With a facelift procedure, you can experience lifted, firm skin again.
Book a Facelift at Galanis Plastic Surgery
If you are near the Los Angeles, CA, area and want to reverse signs of facial aging, come to Galanis Plastic Surgery. We perform skilled cosmetic procedures to improve each patient’s quality of life. No matter your age, we want you to be happy with the way you look.
We welcome new patients who are considering a facelift. During your initial consultation, we will answer any questions you have about the procedure. Call our office or fill out a consultation request form online. We look forward to helping you rejuvenate your face!